CloudFlare increases speed and security of your site
CloudFlare makes it easy for any site to be as fast and secure as the Internet giants. We’ve just teamed up with CloudFlare to offer our clients free access to this great tool. If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, they’re value proposition is simple: they’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.
Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to e-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. They power more than 65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.
Faster web performance
CloudFlare is designed to take a great web hosting plan and make it even better.
They run 23 data centers strategically located around the world. When you sign up for CloudFlare, they begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.
As your traffic passes through the data centers, they intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on their servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.
CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.
Broad web security
Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.
CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about their approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. Analyzing the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and then adapting security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.
In time, the goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given CloudFlare’s scale and the billions of different attacks they see and adapt to every year, they are well on their way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.
Signing up to CloudFlare
Any Web Hosting account that is managed by Rack Servers can deploy CloudFlare. Setting up CloudFlare is easy with their “1 click easy” through your existing Rack Servers cPanel dashboard. Just look for the CloudFlare icon, choose the domain you want to enable, and click the orange cloud. That’s it!
The best thing about it is as a customer of Rack Servers plans are free.
Moreover they don’t charge you for bandwidth or storage, therefore saving you tons via reduced bandwidth costs.